Albanian Raki

In Albania, a drink of hospitality, as in most Balkans, raki, is a distillate made mainly from plums, blackberries, mulberry berries, or grapes.

Albanian Raki

It has its roots in the eleventh century AD, at the time of the first Crusades, with the monks’ return who had learned the art of distillation in the East, while its etymology is to be found in the Arabic word arak, “sweat.”

With a drink of Albanian grappa and a g√ęzuar, i.e., a toast, work relationships are established, friendships are made, and happy events are celebrated, such as births, engagements, and weddings, but sad circumstances are also shared.

Therefore, the culture of raki is an unavoidable ritual whose purpose is to demonstrate the host’s intention to create a friendly atmosphere and establish positive relationships with the guest.

Often homemade, Albanian raki has a rather strong flavor (even 50% vol), so be careful and sip it calmly when you are offered a small glass at the beginning of the meal, in combination with meze, typical Albanian appetizers consisting of different tastes of different foods, more or less elaborate, or at the end, to facilitate digestion.

 

The alcohol content in raki is around 50%, a little less than some vodkas. It\’s considered firewater since it is distilled from an assortment of fruits, grains, and cereals.
What does raki taste like? It tastes like what you put into it, though raki is typically made from grapes or plums. If you use plums, the drink gets a faintly sour taste. If you use grapes, it tastes like stronger alcohol.
The alcohol content in raki is around 40%, a little less than some vodkas. It\’s considered firewater since it is distilled from an assortment of fruits, grains, and cereals.
Rakija is the generic word used for distilled alcoholic beverages with herbs. It is believed that rakia was first produced in what is today Albania and Greece, and production spread throughout the Balkan Peninsula, Italy, Canary Islands, Brazil, and Yemen.

What does raki smell like? It is an alcoholic beverage, so it smells like alcohol.
The taste, flavor, and aroma of rakia are all different, depending on the distillation process. There are many variations, but some of the most common are:

What does raki taste like? It tastes like what you put into it, though raki is typically made from grapes or plums. If you use plums, the drink gets a faintly sour taste. If you use grapes, it tastes like stronger alcohol.

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